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What I Love About Six Year Olds…

I have been crying off and on since Friday in the wake of the Newtown, CT tragedy as I’m sure most of you have as well.  On various news sites, Facebook, blogs, etc I have seen many people start their expressions of sadness with:

  •  ”As a mom…”
  • “As a grandmother…”
  • “As a teacher…”
  • “As a father…”
  • “As a sister to a __…”
  • “As the daughter/son of a teacher….”

The list goes on… but one thing remains… we can all, in some way, feel extreme grief related to this horrific tragedy.

If I were to post my sentiments somewhere online I would start my expression of shock, disbelief, grief, and sadness  with “As a mom of four children ages 9, 8, 5, and 3…” but even that doesn’t feel quite right.  It wasn’t until I read this blog post by Jen, a Cleveland housewife, that I feel like I understand more fully my grief even without knowing any of the victims directly.  In Jen’s words: “…we do, indeed, know what six looks like. We do see it every day. In all its glory. We see the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beautiful and the infuriating. It’s in our face. We live it and breathe it.”

I encourage you to read her very well written post.  Everyone should remember how truly amazing human beings 6 year olds are… because as Dr Seuss said “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

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